Discuss about the Traditional Classroom Learning and Online Learning.
As people seek and institutions seek to improve the learning experience major shifts have been experienced in the education field especially the adoption of technology in learning. This paper aims at analyzing the similarities and differences between Classroom and online learning
One of the basic similarities between online and traditional classroom learning is the fact that in both modes of learning the concept of class assignments is a reality. Whether one chooses to attend a classroom in a traditional setting, or in an online setting, they will be required to do course-related assignments from time to time (Hallam,2015).
Class discussions and collaborations
Discussions and collaborations are an important aspect of the learning process. In both traditional based and online class formats .team work, and discussions are practiced. While under the traditional class setting students have a chance to ask questions and offer ideas in lecture halls. Online, learning gives an opportunity for students to engage in an online discussion with fellow students and lectures. Apart from group assignments in the traditional classroom context, online learners are also given group assignments in which they communicate through mobiles phones and emails (Brosche & Feavel,2011).
Use of textbooks and online resources
Both online learning and traditional class set up involve the use of textbooks and online resources for studying and undertaking assignments. Texts books used by both Online and traditional classroom learners studying similar courses are similar which eliminates any discrepancies in the learning process. While traditional classroom learners may be in possession of hardcopy books. Online learners may be provided with electronic books, but the content is similar (Hallam,2015).
There is a major difference in the setting of the traditional classroom and online learning. In the traditional classroom learning, several people gather together in specific classes or lecture halls at specified times to learn in a teacher driven style. The learning process may also involve Students learning through face to face discussions with their peers. In contrast, Online learning allows the learner to have a flexible learning schedule where they can choose their most convenient time and at the place of their choice. Online learning is, therefore, more user-driven in which students have control over their learning times and paces(O'Neil,et al,2009)
Both the learning styles used in traditional and online classroom setup vary. In traditional classroom setup, collaborative learning approaches which involve face to face interactions within an outside the classroom are mostly used as. This approach is quite useful for students who require academic support from time to time. Online learning, on the other hand, is based more on an independent style of learning where learners have the sole responsibility of balancing between their school and personal lives. Online programs also have a high reliance on technology as compared to the traditional classroom context (O'Neil,et al,2009)
Feedback is an important component of the learning process. While feedback is used by instructors in both traditional and online learning, its levels differ in the two methods. For online courses, the level of feedback given by Instructors is higher as compared that given in a normal classroom setup. Instructors may go to the extent of providing online learners with detailed written or visual critiques of assignments. Perhaps the lack of detailed feedback in traditional classes is because the frequency of feedback in such setups is high (Information Resources Management Association,2010).
In conclusion, both similarities and differences exist between online and traditional classroom learning. The most notable similarities are assignments in the learning process, use of discussions and collaborations and use of online resources and textbooks. Major differences have to do with the type of feedback, classroom setup, and learning styles.
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